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What to Do if Evacuation Is Necessary
- Leave as soon as possible (if possible, in daylight). Avoid
flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges. Roads and bridges
frequently become crowded and traffic moves slow. Evacuation will
probably take longer than expected. Give yourself plenty of time.
- Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity
and the main water valve. This will reduce potential damage to
your appliances (from power surges) and to your home.
- Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.
Relatives and friends will be concerned about your safety. Letting
someone know your travel plans will help relieve their fear and
- If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone or
area prone to flooding, move furniture to a higher floor. Moving
valuable furnishings helps reduce potential damage.
- Bring preassembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.
People frequently arrive at shelters or hotels with nothing. Having
these items will make you more comfortable in other locations.
- While shelters provide a safe place to stay and food, specialty
items for infants and individuals on restricted diets may not be
available. It may take several days until permission is given by
local authorities to re-enter an evacuated area. Bring these items
with you to a shelter:
- First aid kit, manual, and prescription medications.
- Baby food and diapers.
- Cards, games, books.
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries.
- Flashlight (one per person) and extra batteries.
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- Valuable papers (copies of insurance papers, passports, and
other essential documents).
- Lock up your home and leave. There may be individuals evacuating
after you, or returning before you. Police may be busy with hurricane-related
emergencies and not able to patrol neighborhoods as usual. Lock
your property as you normally would when leaving home.
National Disaster Education Coalition:
American Red Cross http:www.redcross.org
USDA CSREES www.csrees.usda.gov
The Disaster Center disastercenter.com
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